Gateway Church (Texas)

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Gateway Church
Country United States
Denomination Non-denominational charismatic
Website gatewaypeople.com
History
Founded April 2000
Clergy
Senior pastor(s) Robert Morris
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Gateway Church is a non-denominational, charismatic Christian multi-site megachurch based in Southlake, Texas, near Dallas. It is the largest congregation in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, with an estimated weekly attendance of 36,000 as of 2016.[1] The church is home to well known Christian recording artist Kari Jobe.

History[edit]

On September 16, 1999, Pastor Robert Morris began to plan a Bible-based, evangelistic church in Southlake, Texas. Gateway Church's first service was held on Easter morning, 2000, at the Hilton Hotel in Grapevine. Approximately 180 people attended the service. The church grew, and moved to an old movie theater in Grapevine.

Pastor[edit]

Robert Morris is featured on the weekly television program, The Blessed Life, produced by the church. He is the author of several books including The Blessed Life, The God I Never Knew, Truly Free and Frequency. He is also the Chairman of Board of The King's University, an Overseer of New Life Church in Colorado Springs and an Apostolic Elder of Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas. He received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from The King's University.

Campuses[edit]

The church currently conducts 27 weekend services at six locations across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A church affiliated with Gateway Church called Gateway Scottsdale opened in Scottsdale, Arizona in August 2012.

Southlake[edit]

In 2008, the church began work on a new main campus located along State Highway 114. The project included a 4,000 seat sanctuary. It opened on November 13, 2010.[2]

North Richland Hills[edit]

In November 2007, Gateway opened a new campus in North Richland Hills, Texas. The building is almost 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) in size and sits on approximately nine acres. Weekend services at the NRH Campus are a mirror of those at the main Southlake Campus with live worship and personal ministry, but with the message delivered via live video from the Southlake Campus. Pastor Byron Copeland serves as the Campus Pastor. The NRH campus is also home to Gateway's Messianic Jewish ministries. The Messianic congregation is said by the church to be the largest in the United States, with some services reaching over 1,000 people.

Frisco[edit]

In April 2010, the overseers of Northstar Church in Frisco, Texas asked Gateway to assist them in a transition process following the resignation of their senior pastor, Blaine Bartel.[3] Gateway provided video messages and worship teams for the church before announcing that Northstar would become a Gateway extension campus on June 10, 2010.[4] As with the NRH campus, the weekend services are a mirror of those at the Southlake Campus with live worship and personal ministry, but with the message delivered via live video from the Southlake Campus. In addition to facilitating five weekend services, the Frisco campus serves as a multi-purpose facility with an emphasis on ministry to Jr. High and Sr. High students. Pastor Jelani serves as the Campus Pastor. In 2015, the Frisco campus averaged 2,901 people per weekend according to the church's annual report.

North Fort Worth[edit]

The fourth campus of Gateway Church started weekend services in a temporary location at Fossil Ridge High School in August 2012. A permanent location at the intersection of Beach and Basswood opened in July 2013. As with the NRH campus, the weekend services are a mirror of those at the Southlake Campus with live worship and personal ministry, but with the message delivered via prerecorded video from the Southlake Campus. On October 7, 2012, the North Fort Worth location began offering a third service to help meet the growing congregation size. The North Fort Worth Campus currently offers five services to serve their congregation. Pastor Marcus Brecheen serves as the Campus Pastor. In 2015, the North Fort Worth campus averaged 6,395 people per weekend.

Grand Prairie[edit]

In early 2013, it was announced that Shady Grove Church in Grand Prairie, Texas, would become a campus of Gateway. The transition started in March 2013. The Grand Prairie location seats around 1,500. The campus is off of 161 (The President George Bush Turnpike) and Carrier Parkway. Pastor Mark Jobe served as the Campus Pastor. In 2015, the Grand Prairie campus averaged 1,784 people per weekend.

Dallas[edit]

In October 2015, it was announced that a former extension campus of Prestonwood Church in North Dallas, Texas, would become the newest Gateway extension campus. The first service will be held March 5, 2016. Pastor Tom Lane is the campus pastor.[citation needed]

Gateway Church Scottsdale[edit]

In Fall 2011, Gateway announced that former young adults pastor Preston Morrison was planting a new Gateway Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. The church launched in August 2012. This is different from a campus as Morrison is the senior pastor who preaches with a staff team and has an independent eldership.

Ministries[edit]

The King's University at Gateway[edit]

Launched in September 2012, The King's University at Gateway offers full accredited undergraduate and master's degree with a doctorate degree plan within two years. When initially launched, the Southlake campus was an extension campus located at the former Southlake church building on Southlake Blvd. On November 14, 2013, there was a special Dedication Service and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at The King's University at Gateway making it the official location for King's University founded by Jack W. Hayford. Dr. John Spurling serves as the president.

Gateway Live[edit]

Gateway Live is Gateway's online webcast of most services at the Southlake Campus.

The Blessed Life TV Show[edit]

Gateway produces a weekly television program called The Blessed Life. This program airs on the Daystar Television Network, Golden Eagle Broadcasting, and Trinity Broadcasting Network and features sermons and worship from past Gateway Church services.[5]

Gateway Worship[edit]

Gateway Worship, the worship band that leads worship at the Gateway Church, had some success in 2008 with their live album as it reached No. 2 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums Chart. Gateway's live album God Be Praised was released on November 9, 2010,[6] with Japanese, Korean and Portuguese versions released in 2012.[citation needed] The live album, Walls, which was released on October 2, 2015, reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums Chart.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Diane. "Gateway Church wants 100 percent of its members to vote". Fort Work Star-Telegram. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Gateway Church opens new campus". MySouthlakeNews.com. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100420054711/http://www.northstarchurch.cc/progress.html. Archived from the original on April 20, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Gateway Church Extension Campus". Gatewaypeople.com. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ The Blessed Life program Information Archived December 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b BillboardAllmusic

External links[edit]

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